Types of Summer Squash| Types of Winter Squash
Squash is the plant that keeps on giving! It’s incredibly easy to grow and it’s a reliable producer even if you are a new gardener. If you’re growing squash yourself, just a few plants will yield enough for your family with tons leftover for sharing. But what kinds should you grow or pick up at the farmer’s market? There are dozens of varieties, which fall into two main groups: Summer squash and winter squash. “Summer squash is harvested in the warm weather months and doesn’t store for long,” says Josh Kirschenbaum, vegetable account manager at PanAmerican Seed. “Winter squash is harvested in the fall and has a hard rind, which allows it to keep well for months.”
Here are a few of our favorite squash varieties with growing tips and recipe ideas:
Summer squash often grow on a bushier plant than the more vine-like plants of pumpkin and winter squash, meaning they’ll take up less room in your garden. “Less” is relative as most still need three to four feet of space in every direction to grow. Pick summer squash when it’s small and tender—the bigger fruits tend to become tough and woody. And keep picking to keep the harvest going!
This familiar squash has been grown for generations because it’s easy to grow with high-yields. Grill or saute and toss over pasta, or bake it into quick breads and cakes. If you grow too many to use in your zucchini recipes, use your food …….